Overcome Fear of Breastfeeding Older Children in Public
Most of the mothers look forward to breastfeeding older children in public but give up the thought because of social fear. Following are some tip that will help overcome the fear of breastfeeding older children in public and impart much-needed confidence to you for it.
Public breastfeeding is a right of every mother and which was once everyday occurrence, has now become a taboo. Many NGOs and celebrities are promoting ‘breasts are the best’ to eradicate this social taboo and make people aware of importance and benefits of breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding Older Children in Public
In a country like India, things take a lot of time to change but before we say others to change, mothers should change their attitude towards breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding is completely natural and normal. It is not a disease and if anyone has a problem with it, he/she must change his/her mindset. Once you are comfortable breastfeeding children at home in front of family members then you are all set to breastfeed in public.
Wearing suitable clothes would give extra confidence to you while breastfeeding older children in public. You can wear nursing tank tops or any other loose top or shirt that is easy to unbutton. This would give your baby easy access to the breasts. You can also sling the baby while breastfeeding and nobody will know your breastfeeding when in public.
For breastfeeding mothers, it is important to keep an eye on others when in public. If you notice unwanted stare make sure not to feel unconfident, instead return the gaze. This will make them look away.
There could be people that may object to your breastfeeding older children in public but the trick is to not pay much attention to such remarks. Keep all your focus on your baby’s need rather than such people.
To overcome the fear of breastfeeding older children in public, look for a place that is quiet and has fewer people around. Ask your friend/partner to talk to you as you breastfeed. As it is said, ‘practice makes you perfect’, after few baby feeds in public you will soon become confident for breastfeeding in public.